My Favorite Moments in Nice

My Favorite Moments in Nice

After spending a glorious four days in the French Riviera, I finally understood what all the fuss was about. With beaches, great food and French charm, if I lived in Europe, it would probably be my favorite getaway destination as well.

As I mentioned before, we really didn’t do much in Nice, but after moving around every two days in Italy, it was nice to finally slow down and relax. Our time there was mainly unplanned and what we did each day was spontaneous, which allowed us to really enjoy Nice for what it is.

Here are some of my favorite moments from Nice:

Watching the sun change the color of the Mediterranean

Nice - July 2014

A few of our days in Nice were rainy, which also played a part in us slowing down and relaxing, but that meant that the Mediterranean just looked dull and gray. Needless to say I just wasn’t that impressed.

However, upon walking out of a restaurant for lunch, we finally caught the sun shining and the color of the water changed so drastically, I couldn’t believe. I grabbed my camera and ran over to ogle at the crystal water. Now that’s idyllic!

Exploring the markets

Nice - July 2014

Cours Saleya is lined with some of the most famous markets in the region. From giant blooms to organic produce, I loved just wandering through the market enjoying the local atmosphere and products.

Strolling through the Old Town

Nice - July 2014

Much like the Old Towns in Munich, Prague and elsewhere across Europe, the Old Town in Nice was filled with history and culture. I loved getting lost in the maze of cute boutiques and cafes. This was the romantic atmosphere I had been hoping to find in Paris, but I guess I just needed to head further south!

Heading up to Castle Hill

Nice - July 2014

We debated whether we would bother visiting Castle Hill, but when the weather decided to clear up we knew we’d better go. The views really were as good as people say. From all directions it gave beautiful views over Nice. Plus with its cute little parks, it seemed like the perfect spot to bring a baguette and a bottle of wine to for a nice picnic.

The drive to Monaco

Nice - July 2014

Going to Monaco in itself was a memorable experience, and the ride there was certainly part of the fun! Winding along the coastline we were treated to views of other small towns along the French Riviera.

Indulging in food

Nice - July 2014

The food in Nice was incredible. Not only were there different regional specialties to try, but I also loved the Italian influences. Pizza, gnocchi, bruschetta? Yes please!

The Battle of the Change

Nice - July 2014

Since Nice was our second to last stop on our grand tour of Europe, by then we had accumulated tons of coins. No one would seem to accept coins as payment, even for water in convenience stores!

We decided we needed to try hard to get rid of it, so when our bill came at a local restaurant, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity. Handing the waiter the tray he laughed when he saw all the change. We paid the exact amount needed so he could simply bring us our change in the form of a euro note.

Instead, he brought the tray back to us, again, laughing, and had left all of the coins– and brought our additional change in coins. We just couldn’t win.

To continue the battle, we simply left all of the change on the table as his tip and quickly ran off, hearing him yelling behind us!

Riding the tourist bus around town

Nice - July 2014

I loved getting to relax and ride around the city. The bus went high up into the hills on the outskirts of Nice, somewhere I never would have made it to on my own. It was fun getting to see the city from a higher vantage point– although one of the ladies on our bus got smacked by low-lying a tree branch while we were on it!

Finding serenity at the monastery

Nice - July 2014

Recommended to us by the PR rep at the tourism office, we almost didn’t stop at Cimiez Monastery. It was sort of a last minute decision and since the tourist bus stopped there, we quickly hopped off at the spur of the moment. 

Boy are we glad we did. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, there was no one around. This was one of the most peaceful places in all of Nice and the views looking out over the city were stunning.

Watching the city come alive at night

Nice - July 2014

Nice certainly has its charm during the day, but there was just something about the colors of the city at night that got me. Wandering around the Massena Square watching the glow of the fountains and the luminous seven statues above, there was just something magical about it.

While none of these moments are really monumental by any means, but they’re still special for me. It was the little things that really made Nice stand out as a destination and made me want to return someday.

By the end of my trip I was questioning as to whether Paris was really the most romantic city in Europe.

Because it might actually be Nice…

Nice - July 2014


Have you been to Nice before? What did you think of the French Riviera?

Thank you to the Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Nice Côte d’Azur for helping me plan my time in Nice and providing us with the tourist bus passes.



  1. Sarah
    May 18, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Hi, Just curious what month did you travel in.. We are planning to go early august.. Was wondering how hot it’ll be

  2. Christa
    April 14, 2015 / 11:57 am

    We are visiting in mid May and where would one get the tourist bus pass and do this? How long is it and how much? We are going to be on a cruise ship but would rather do our own tours when we get to Cannes, Nice and such. I recently found your blog and love all the information. We head first to Barcelona and will use your suggestions. We live in MN so not too far from lovely Chicago!

    • Beth Williams
      April 15, 2015 / 1:47 pm

      Hi Christa! Glad I could be of help with you trip– I hope you have an amazing time! The bus is $23 dollars per person and it was through Grayline.

      You can purchase everything online so that you’re ready to just hop on the bus and explore Nice!

      If you’re ever in Chicago, be sure to say hi ;)

      Let me know if you have other questions!

  3. December 5, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    I’m trying to plan a trip to Nice in February, so I’ll definitely return to this then! Do you think it’ll be warm enoughin Feb. to go to the beach? This sounds like it was such a nice, relaxing trip!

    • Beth Williams
      December 18, 2014 / 11:53 pm

      Ehhh, I don’t think it’ll be warm enough to go swimming, but you can still sit on the beach and enjoy the views! I hope you have an amazing trip!!